Particle Radiotherapy: An Introduction
There were 14.1 million new cancer cases, 8.2 million cancer deaths, and 32.6 million people living with cancer (within 5 year of diagnosis) in 2012 worldwide . From 1954 through December 2014, a total of 137,179 patients across the world have been treated with all forms of particle therapy since it was first started in Berkeley in 1954 . As on date, particle radiotherapy treatment constitutes about 1 % of the total number of patients receiving radiotherapy worldwide. These numbers justify the title of the book “Particle Radiotherapy: An emerging technology for treatment of cancer.” In the recent past, there is a significant interest by all stakeholders in this decade’s old technology and the chance that it will emerge as a technology of choice as a prime modality of cancer treatment is very high. The book is an attempt to have a closer look on what are the physical factors that make particles the choice of radiotherapy as well as the clinical evidence that are slowly pouring in from the exponentially growing number of particle therapy centers worldwide treating cancer patients.
KeywordsStereotactic Body Radiotherapy Relative Biological Effectiveness Proton Therapy Particle Radiotherapy Particle Therapy
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